Gorgeous Looks from the Evening Standard Awards

The Evening Standard awards are, in general, a far more low-key affair in British film than the Baftas, which are due to take place this sunday, but they still throw up some good looks, and, in Andrea Riseborough’s Jenny Packham, a dress that could rival anything that Hollywood has to offer.

Also attending the ceremony was Helen McCrory, that wonderful actress so often in the shade of hubby Damian Lewis. I loved her maxi skirt and black silk blouse. This was just such a grown up look, a touch 1930s, and so striking, teamed with a very glam Kate Spade clutch bag. Hayley Atwell went for a brightly printed burnt orange and black maxi dress which I loved, it was vibrant and original enough to stand out on the red carpet, and just had a real element of cool about it. And Gemma Chan opted for a glamorous, prom style gown covered in black roses that was both pretty and elegant. Her bright red lips allowed this gown to be grown-up rather than little girlie, and it did remind me of something that Carrie Bradshaw had once worn, albeit that was pink rather than black.

Get the look – Hayley Atwells’s maxi dress

Double print gown £49.99 

Animal print gown £99.99

Scarf print long dress £64.99 

Degradé paisley print gown £124.99

 

W.E. – It’s almost time for Wallis to Rule

The reviews aren’t exactly glowing, but I’m still very excited about Madonna’s new movie about the great love affair between Edward and Mrs Simpson. The film is released on 20th January, with Angela Riseborough playing Wallis, and from film stills and publicity shots I have seen pre-release, this is going to be a supremely stylish affair.

Any film about the Duchess of Windsor is always going to feature fashion heavily. Clothes were important to Wallis, she believed that not being the most beautiful women in the world mattered far less if you were the best dressed. Wallis was always exquisitely turned out, favouring designers like Mainbocher and Schiaparelli, and having an extensive jewellery collection that included the infamous Cartier panther bracelet.

Madonna has recreated Wallis’s impeccable style and found a real star in Andrea Riseborough. Riseborough is no slouch in the style stakes herself, and has shown real star quality already in roles in ‘The Devil’s Whore’ and Margaret Thatcher in ‘The long walk to Finchley.’ Together, they have created a Wallis full of charm and style, who should herald the return of the Ladylike 30s and 40s to the fashion firmament.

To get the Wallis look, you need to look  carefully at your lines. Broader shoulders, nipped in waistbands and straight skirts all help create the Wallis look. Bias cut evening gowns in a palette of black and white, diamante style brooches that stand in for the real thing and kid gloves that show you are a lady all add to the look.

Get the Wallis look….from..where else but WALLIS

Bird prints are great for achieving a 1930s/40s look. I love the draping effect that gives this dress an ultra flattering feel.

Black Bird Print Belted Dress Price

Nautical stripes were a favourite of Wallis’s. Add ultra wide leg trousers and deck shoes for that ‘just got off the yacht’ look.

Navy Stripe Eyelet Cardigan Price: £35.00 

 

Brick Crepe Wide Leg Trouser 

 

 

Colourblock Fishtail Dress 

Pink Scarf Pleated Maxi Dress 

 

 

Gorgeous Celebrity Jingle Bells…steal their looks.

The party season is well and truly in swing, but if you haven’t got your outfit sorted yet, maybe you could take some style inspiration from some celebrity fashionistas. There is a style for everyone, and these ladies show that at Christmas, it really is a case of anything goes, from full length beauties to short and sexy styles, taking in a bit of androgynous style along the way.

Lea Michele wore an amazing sparkling Valentino number for the premiere of her film ‘New Year’s Eve’. This style will definitely catch the eye and make you the centre of attention, but take a tip from Lea and let the dress speak for itself, keep the make-up natural.

Linea Beaded sequin chevron dress 

At the same film premiere, Fergie looked a million miles away from her ghetto Black Eyed Peas style, and instead channelled the ghosts of Rita Hayworth and Veronica Lake with her immaculate forties styling. This would be a great New Year’s Eve outfit.

Ozlem sequins dress gunmetal 

The glorious Michelle Pfeiffer frankly defies the laws of aging and actually seems to improve with each year. She looks incredible in this dress, which is a great alternative to the little black dress.

Reiss Harmony RUCHED DRESS MAGENTA 

The WE stars showed differing styles in New York this week. Wallis  herself, Andrea Riseborough opted for classic monochrome in her Oscar De La Renta dress. I loved the dress, but hated the Margaret Thatcher hairdo, and wish she’d stick to being  a brunette.

 

Kamille sequin skirt dress 

WE director Madonna sported a more rock chick party look, teaming black cigarette pants with a beaded top. Adopt this look when meeting friends over the festive period.

Black Square Embellished Tee Now £35.00